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Recorded in Chicago, the Rolling Stones's second album, 12 x 5, is a fascinating snapshot of the band in their nascent years, packed with early Jagger-Richards compositions, raucous r'n'b covers and best-selling singles like 'It's All Over Now'. This re-mastered CD replaces mono with stereo and allows the band's youthful energy to burst across the decades as never before.
Tracks for the Rolling Stones 12 x 5 (and the UK EP, Five By Five) were recorded at the renowned Chess Studios in Chicago, then a creative hub of rhythm and blues innovation. It was the perfect place for the young band to fine-tune their unique take on the artists who'd inspired them.
Bill Wyman remembers, "We felt we were taking part in a little bit of history - after all, those studios were used by Muddy Waters as well as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. We knew pretty well what numbers we wanted to get in the can - like 'It's All Over Now' - and the atmosphere was so marvellous that we got through them in double quick time. Then, on the next day, both Chuck and Muddy came in to see us. Fantastic."
The Rolling Stones are named the most successful band of all time in the Guinness Book of Records